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and great-grandson of a baptist preacher. the i have a dream is in response from mahalia jackson. >> and all of that is a continuity going all the way back to the declaration of independence through the proclamation proclam ation -- proclamation emancipation and the sweltering summer of discontent. the poetry of martin luther king. >> the speech started as prose and was an economic message, jobs. and then it moved to poetry with the church records, with the response, the song and refrain. >> one great thing, politics is not always written ahead of time. it's not scripted. there's moments when magical phenomenal things happen. there was a moderate president on civil rights jack kennedy who somehow in the crisis of alabama and birmingham in june of '63 that same year came out with the most amazing commitment send civil rights is as ancient as the scriptures. the president is on our side. this guy here martin luther king was inspired by mahalia jackson, i'm going to give this magic. >> chris, you referenced the history, that on june 11th, vivian malone tried to enter the university of alabama,
lewis sounded too radical, they were going to turn the volume on the recording of mahalia jackson singing "he's got the whole world in his hands." they were very nervous about it. it was at the end of the day that kennedy after hearing the speech felt huge relief. he had never heard an entire speech by martin luther king before. it was the first time and he was completely knocked out. >> chris, we've talked about it today how he evokes the declaration of independence, the me man's participation proclamation, the getstisburg with the five score years ago. he alluded to to that. i don't remember if it was chuck todd or someone today who said it was spiritual but also patriotic. a lot of people forget that you can challenge certain policies in place, good or evil, but this was about patriotism that we are americans when you hear this speech. >>. >> well, really, historically, you can't be more american than african-american. just look at the average african-american. the family's been since 340 years in some cases. bhoest of the white people have been here since the second or third g
saw a picture of mahalia jackson. what's the story behind her importance to that speech that day? >> well, the story is that as with any movement, speeches evolve as a leader oh are a speaker goes around from place to place speaking and dr. king had been talking about this dream for a while, and i guess people had advised him to make this speech entirely different and not talk about the dream, and he hadrian different speech and he was into that speech and mahalia jackson, his favorite singer, turned to him and said martin, tell them about the dream. and that's when he cut loose and started talking about it. >> i want to go back to those pictures if we can. you see the transition, you see exactly what happened. you see him serious looking at his paper there and then in just a moment after she called out to him and he started improvising and using that speech that he used before, you see him with almost a different level of energy and see him ending triumphantly. annie, what was going through your mind as you watched this unfold? >> remember, i was so far back, as this was unfoldi
have a dream." he had used those words before, but they wanted something different. and then, mahalia jackson said "tell them about the dream." and he said the words that still resonate today. two young african american girls went to the gathering, and had a message. today, they talk about what has changed and what has not. >> ♪ ♪ >> with songs and symbols from the struggle, a new generation of the faithful. >> and we thank the mighty god for giving us a martin luther king, we thank the mighty god who brought us a long way, from disgrace to amazing grace. >> the famous? >> he challenged us to see how we are all more alike than we are different. >> the powerful stood before the lincoln memorial. >> the march on washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history. that we are masters of our fate. but it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together. >> the numbers were much smaller, an estimated 30,000 compared to the record quarter million who gathered 50 years ago for one of the most important speeches in american hist
was interrupted from the written speech that he had prepared. and he was interrupted by mahalia jackson who shouted to him, tell him about the dream, martin. tell him about the dream. most people don't know that the speech which is so frequently celebrated over the years, the i have a dream speech, that from the time mahalia jackson interrupted him, until the end of the speech, the entire balance of the speech was spontaneous and ex-tem pain yous, it was not the speech that he had written and prepared in longhand, but for the initial seven paragraphs i suggested and his own paragraphs he added. it was an amazing circumstance. and today, for example, it was very difficult for me to be there. and a lot of emotions, i said to my dear friend ambassador andy young, we put our arms around one another. i said, andy, i started to cry last night. he said, yeah, so did i. and i thought that oh, my god, i was 32 years of age, dr. king was 34. and i thought of so, so many people that i knew personally who were not there. i'm not just talking about randolph and rusten, people you see in the pictures, an
was into that speech and mahalia jackson, his favorite singer, turned to him and said martin, tell them about the dream. and that's when he cut loose and started talking about it. >> i want to go back to those pictures if we can. you see the transition, you see exactly what happened. you see him serious looking at his paper there and then in just a moment after she called out to him and he started improvising and using that speech that he used before, you see him with almost a different level of energy and see him ending triumphantly. annie, what was going through your mind as you watched this unfold? >> remember, i was so far back, as this was unfolding, that a small gesture, leaning forward saying martin, remember the dream, was so lost on me, but whatever the spirit was that moved him, it was just really an electrifying moment. it was just excite extraordinary. >> bob, here's a picture you took of the congressional delegation that was there, significant leaders important to the civil rights movement and congress and it was very important they be there. >> yes, of course, the whole purpose of the mar
of the nation. he talked about police brutality. but then as the story goes, mahalia jackson saw martin luther king reading his speech. she said, tell him about the dream martin. then, he cast the speech aside and he soars to majestic eloquence and tells the nation about his dream. as are result of that, he not only wins the nobel peace prize, -- not only was martin luther king jr. profiled in that way, paul robeson, some of king's family members and a host of african-american people because owen said, hoover said king was the dangerous negro leader in america and they begin to witch hunt him. host: your story recounted this morning front page of the "new york times" of how the i have a dream speech came about. many people may not know his speech originated in part in detroit. explain what dr. king was saying two months before. guest: yes, i'm from detroit and i grew up there. with aretha franklin's father and many other prominent ministers in detroit. dr.king participated in a huge march in detroit leading down near cobal hall where he delivered a similar speech and he talked about using
. >> one could argue it was the holy ghost, it was incredibly inspired. but it was. mahalia jackson didn't think the speech was going very well. when you read the speech lincoln would be safe. the bounced check metaphor which resonates now was a little clunky. and he was about to go into a particularly bad passage. he then go into the i have a dream sequence. the remarkable passage came from his heart. it was not on the text. and as john lewis said he knew at that point it was no longer a political event it was now we're going church. i think that's an important -- sorry >> i was going say, john -- go ahead. >> i think it's a hugely important point that he was a minister of the lord who was calling the country to account, to moral account and in doing it, in doing so he joined lincoln before whom he stood and jefferson whom he could see off to his right as a founding father. he articulated a vision of the country as it was supposed to be. and i think that was something that was particularly in the wheelhouse of someone who was, in fact, a minister. >> yeah. it's worth noting that while j
. she's like aretha franklin and mahalia jackson. people like that. amazing. >> jay: and you met her, right? >> yeah, i went twice. great fan of hers. >> jay: there you go, look at -- i got to ask you -- >> i'm the one in the middle. [ laughter ] my wife and that's my niece clara. >> jay: i got to ask you about the glasses. >> glasses? you like them? >> jay: yeah. i do like them. kind of a -- >> do you like my socks? how about the socks? >> jay: i do like your socks. [ applause ] >> i'm a fashion -- my wife -- >> jay: your wife what? >> she makes sure i look okay. >> jay: yeah, okay. >> she makes sure -- she points me in the right direction. she makes me walk slowly. she dresses me, and says, "all right, go." [ laughter ] >> jay: did she pick the orange socks? >> she picked the orange socks. >> jay: so, what other reality shows do you like? you like "american idol" do you like the kardashians? have you seen that? >> i've seen -- no, i like -- i used to like, "mob wives." >> jay: "mob wives." >> big ang. [ in new york accent ] "came over to my place. it was fantastic." [ laughter and
at the heart of the day. gospel singer mahalia jackson and her rendition of "how i got over" went down in history. ♪ how did we make it over ♪ look back in wonder how we made it over ♪ ♪ tell me how we got over the boys used double miles from their capital one venture card to fly home for the big family reunion. you must be garth's father? hello. mother. mother! traveling is easy with the venture card because you can fly any airline anytime. two words. double miles! this guy can act. wanna play dodge rock? oh, you guys! and with double miles you can actually use, you never miss the fun. beard growing contest and go! ♪ i win! what's in your wallet? his day of coaching begins with knee pain, when... [ man ] hey, brad, want to trade the all-day relief of two aleve for six tylenol? what's the catch? there's no catch. you want me to give up my two aleve for six tylenol? no. for my knee pain, nothing beats my aleve. >>> i am here today with you because with you i share the view that the struggle for civil rights and the struggle for equal opportunity is not the struggle of negro am
of it. it wasn't scripted. there was no teleprompter. it somehow came out when mahalia jackson yelled tell them about the dream. anyone can yell tell them about the dream. but your father did something. did he ever try to explain to you how it came? >> quite frankly, if you look at iteratio iterations, he did one in 1960 to '61. another in detroit. so he put them all together to deliver this incredible message that moved the nation and our world. >> that crescendo that came at the end, that build, the speech was kind of prosaic, then he started talking my country 'tis of thee from the song. and the references to the bible and shakespeare. "the new york times" today pointed out -- people are going to be studying this for years. the source material of the bible, of shakespeare, of woody guthrie, of the declaration and documents all enriching that one statement. in 17 minutes. >> i mean, that's the brilliance of it. that was the brilliance of who he as an orator was. and "i have a dream" is probably one of the most well-known speeches on the planet. >> around the world. >> around the wor
the wynans who came out, and that was an important part of 1963, when mahalia jackson came out. >> we'll have today, peter, paul and mary were there. we're actually going to have paul join us later in the show. bill russell was invited to speak 50 years ago. and he chose not to, because he thought you know he didn't want as a sports star to in any way distract attention from people who he thought had earned and deserved more people on that stage. that is the kind of spirit that i think is hard to find in the modern media age of people rushing to microphones. >> it is. it is hard to find. it is awfully hard to find. but you know who else i thought was good today? i thought jamie foxx was good. and in a sense he kind of called out hollywood to be active and to be supportive. he mentioned some people who were doing things that he thought were admirable. i thought he gave a good speech and of course did some good impressions, too. >> gene robinson, thank you for being here on this important night, thank you for joining us. >> happy to be here, lawrence. >>> coming up, the only speaker that day 50
. peter paul and mary all he formed. and then there was dr. martin luther king. spurred on by mahalia jackson who said, tell them about the dream. will be remembered as one of the most brilliant and important speeches in american history. >> let it ring. from every state and every city. we will be able to speed up that day when all of god's children, black men and white men, pros stents and catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual, free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last. >> joining me now, congresswoman eleanor holmes norton. the democratic dell gat for washington, d.c. during the first part of the summer of 1963, she worked for the student nonviolent coordinating committee in greenwood, mississippi. she was on the staff of the march of washington. also, kweisi mfume. and the national editor for "vanity fair," the author of the upcoming book, "an idea whose time has come, two presidents, two parties and the battle for the civil rights act." thank you for joining me. congresswoman, i want to start with you. you h
seemed restrained and read from a prepared speech. suddenly, singer mahalia jackson burst forth. >> i see her i see her, when her voice comes, i say, tell them about the dream, martin. tell them about the dream. >> reporter: the dream, his dream. a refrain he had been using in speeches on the road. but it was not part uh the speech he prepared for that day. his advisers told him he needed something new. but suddenly -- >> i still have a dream. >> yes! >> -- it is a dream deeply rooted in the american dream. >> when i heard him say "i have a dream," i said, oh, expletive, because we had been up and down the steps all night working on this alternate ending climax. >> reporter: adviser wyatt t. walker who said they all recognized that dr. king was now alive, transformed. >> we were all wrong. >> little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. i have a dream today. >> reporter: so did billy gundrum. that's him in the park ranger hat guarding the podium. >> it wasn't just for black people. it was trying to raise all p
. king and other organizers pulled it off. >> you mentioned mahalia jackson. bob dylan also performed at the event. what did he tell you about being there? >> he doesn't have many stories because he was so low on the totem pole in those days. he wrote a song called "oxford town," only a pawn in the game. of course the times are achanging would be coming out soon. he became is voice of the civil rights movement. this was a day when the leaders of the naacp, john lewis representing the young people . but it was a day really building up like a rock concert would for the moment for martin luther king king. he was world renowned as a person who spawned the montgomery bus boycott of 1955. he was a figure when he was arrested the president of the united states would make calls to. he was a rock star really, leading the legions that day. >> one thing i found interesting is there wasn't a big role for women at this rally. rosa parks did speak. but later she complained that women didn't play a bigger part. >> she complained to me about it. i wrote a biography of her. she sai
they were on their way to a religious service. they were going to a meeting. mahalia jackson saying, how we got over? thousands of us together, it seemed like the whole place, the whole mall, started rocking. somehow in some way, peace, love, and nonviolence had been instilled in the very being of all the participants. we believed in every human being, even those violent toward us, there was the spark of the divine. we had a right to protest. we have a right to demand this nation respect the dignity and worth of every human being. people were moved and inspired by the vision of justice and the quality and were willing to put their lives on the line. martin luther king jr., this man, inspired all of us with his he was the last speaker. he took those marble steps of the lincoln memorial. he gave us hope. i spokeired a nation. number six. i said something like, we march today for jobs and freedom, though we have nothing to be proud of for hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters are not here. receiving starvation wages or no wages at all. at the end of my speech, i said, where is our
to break, the beat of music at the heart of the day. gospel singer mahalia jackson and herren addition of "how i got over" went down in history. ♪ how did we make it over ♪ look back in wonder how we made it over ♪ ♪ tell me how we got over [ whispering ] uh! i had a nightmare! the house caught fire and we were out on the streets. [ whispering ] shhh. it's only a dream. and we have home insurance. but if we made a claim, our rate would go up... [ whispering ] shhh. you did it right. you have allstate claim rate guard so your rates won't go up just because of a claim. [ whispering ] are we still in a dream? no, you're in an allstate commercial. so get allstate home insurance with claim rate guard... [ whispering ] goodnight. there are so many people in our bedroom. [ dennis ] talk to an allstate agent... [ doorbell rings ] ...and let the good life in. still running in the morning? yeah. getting your vegetables every day? when i can. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. two full servings of vegetables for only 50 delicious calories. do you mind grabbing my phone and open
to that march dressed like they were on their way to a religious service. mahalia jackson sang how we got over. there were thousands of us together in a strange sense it seemed like the whole place started rocking. we truly believe in every human being, even those who were violent toward us there was a spark of the define. and no person had the right to scar or destroy that spark. martin luther king jr. taught us the way of peace, the way of love, the way of nonviolence. he taught us to have the power to forgive, the capacity to be reconciled. he taught us to stand up, to speak up, to speak out, to find a way to get in the way. people were willing to put their bodies on the line for a greater cause, greater than themselves. not one incident of violence was reported that day. because of the leadership of the movement. the spirit of dr. king's words captured the hearts of people not just around america but around the world. on that day, martin luther king jr. made a speech, but he also delivered a sermon. he transformed these marble steps of the lincoln memorial into a monitor-day pulpit. he cha
. people came that day to that march dressed like they were on their way to a religious service. mahalia jackson sang how we got over. there were thousands of us together, in a strange sense it seemed like the whole place started rocking. we truly believed in every human being, even those who were violent toward us there was a spark of the devine. and no person had the right to scar or destroy that spark. martin luther king jr. taught us the way of peace, the way of love, the way of nonviolence. he taught us to have the power to forgive, the capacity to be reconciled. he taught us to stand up, to speak up, to speak out, to find a way to get in the way. people were willing to put their bodies on the line for a greater cause, greater than themselves. not one incident of violence was reported that day. because of the leadership of the movement. the spirit of dr. king's words captured the hearts of people not just around america, but around the world. on that day, martin luther king jr. made a speech, but he also delivered a sermon. he transformed these marble steps of the lincoln memorial i
verbally. but we dignity, with great power. and even though the only voice from a woman was mahalia jackson, and she did the national anthem. as dr. height sat there, she conveyed to us wisdom. she conveyed to us to see a diplomat, no matter what the circumstances might be your and she conveyed to us that this is a moment that is a deciding moment for women. out of that is it is a deciding moment for women. and some of you may not know if you go to her book open wide freedom gates, she will say to you, she used the words by saying it was a deciding moment for women to know that you have to band together to start fighting for the rights and the policies and issues for women. and even though i understand there were meetings afterwards, but she did call a meeting of women organizations. and she just didn't call women from the national council of negro women are the national council of delta sorority. she called women. she called the national council of catholic women. she called the national council of jewish women. she called the church women united. she called them altogether. i loo looked a
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